Chills, Thrills & Defending Our Climate
It's not quite December yet and this morning
the temperature felt like -16 degrees Celsius in the GTA.
Brrrr. One exceptionally
chilly February snow day years ago I industriously
went out with my camera and took some photographs of the
excessive amounts of snow in the area. Well, I took some
snaps until either my camera or the batteries stopped
working because of the cold. Anyway, I'm actually pretty
much the same way; I don't function well in the cold.
I was probably only outside for about three minutes this
morning before my eyes started streaming. Generally my
whole body tightens up, wanting to close in on itself
in a futile attempt to keep warm, whenever I'm out walking
in winter. Maybe my genetically Irish cells would naturally
prefer more moderate temperatures?? I don't know. But
I'm happy to be indoors again and happy that it's a gorgeous
bright day. When the days are so short we really need
the light whenever we can get it!
I'm home from the office unexpectedly early
this morning and because I have this bonus time I want
to share a few lovely reviews my books have gotten lately,
as well as photos the organizer of the Oakville Defend
Our Climate rally sent along of our local protest.
I'm the one with the Canadian flag style sign.
On November 16th this is what the Defend
movement looked like across Canada:
And the fight continues! In Washington-based
Center for Global Development's assessment of 27 wealthy
nations Canada came dead last when it comes to environmental
protection. Also, for the second year in a row Canada
has placed near to last in Germanwatchs Climate
Change Performance Index with only Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia
and Iran behind us. We have a hell of a lot of work to
do to dig ourselves out of this hole!
Finally, here are links to three reviews
from the past couple of weeks which I'm extremely grateful
Book Bindings on Come See About Me: From beginning
to end, this book drowns you in a sea of complex emotions,
its prose evocative and strangely compelling, despite
its subject matter. Moreover, while Martin's stark realism
can be difficult to swallow at times, it is a much appreciated
slap into reality. Come See About Me won't be a book for
everyone, but as a reader who actively seeks gritty novels
that are deserving of their "realistic" tag
line, this novel was a godsend.
Books on Yesterday: With an engaging and vivid
writing style and multi-layered plot Yesterday is a far
more accomplished novel than some of its more well-known
contemporaries and deserves to be read by a larger (and
Magazine on Tomorrow (Yesterday Book #2): Martin
obviously understands intrigue and knows how to construct
a story that leaves readers wanting more with each passing
chapter. She also manages to cover difficult and nuanced
topics of sexuality and race, as well as environmental
destruction and international warfare, with a light touch.
I can't tell you how thrilled I am that
CM Magazine has called Tomorrow Highly Recommended
and very much worth seeking out. Just thinking
about it could almost keep outdoor cold from hunching
me into my ordinarily tense posture.
And now I'm going to get down to writing
while there's still some sun in the sky to power my efforts.